Better than Puerto Rico... By the Ratings!
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This is a list of games for which, of all people who have rated both that game and Puerto Rico, a majority prefer the other game. Not many games meet this criterion, but there are a few.

I had to check this on a game-by-game basis, so I only looked at highly rated games. Expansions were not included. Ratings are as of 23 Jun 2008.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Users Rating Both: 1,910
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 654
Users Who Prefer Twilight Struggle: 886
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 370

Difference: 232

Some have speculated that Twilight Struggle will be the game that finally ousts Puerto Rico from its #1 spot. Given all the people who prefer TS to PR, it's certainly possible. The challenge is to get more people to try it.
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2. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:102]
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Users Rating Both: 616
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 223
Users Who Prefer Combat Commander: Europe: 268
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 125

Difference: 45

The first in a long list of wargames to make this list. Wargamers like (good) wargames better than Puerto Rico. Eurogamers don't play wargames at all. That would probably explain all the wargames.
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3. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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Users Rating Both: 857
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 309
Users Who Prefer Through the Ages: 350
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 198

Difference: 41

This epic civilization game is surprisingly high on this list. I'd love to see this game get some more exposure (and better components) and see how far it can move up in the top 10.
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4. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #2 [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:741]
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Users Rating Both: 140
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 45
Users Who Prefer ASLSK #2: 74
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 21

Difference: 29

ASLSK #2 beats out ASLSK #1 in this list, probably because it has less exposure among non-wargamers. Surprisingly, however, ASL itself doesn't make this list at all.
 
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5. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:165]
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Users Rating Both: 341
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 124
Users Who Prefer Here I Stand: 149
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 68

Difference: 25

Another wargame whose raters prefer it to Puerto Rico...
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6. Board Game: A Victory Lost [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:942]
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Users Rating Both: 200
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 73
Users Who Prefer A Victory Lost: 93
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 34

Difference: 20

...and another...
 
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7. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Users Rating Both: 628
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 236
Users Who Prefer Paths of Glory: 251
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 141

Difference: 15

...and another...
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8. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:888]
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Users Rating Both: 358
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 141
Users Who Prefer Europe Engulfed: 151
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 66

Difference: 10

..and another. Perhaps people who don't play wargames are missing out?
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9. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Living Rulebook [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:192]
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Users Rating Both: 268
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 105
Users Who Prefer Blood Bowl: 112
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 51

Difference: 7

The fact that this American-football-with-Orcs game showed up on the list surprised me. While Blood Bowl won't be toppling Puerto Rico from its ratings throne anytime soon, it might be worth checking out for people looking for something a little different.
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10. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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Users Rating Both: 1,108
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 415
Users Who Prefer Agricola: 420
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 273

Difference: 5

The hype machine game of the year is pretty much neck-and-neck with Puerto Rico among raters who played both. As English copies start to appear, will Agricola continue its rapid ascension, or start to fade away?
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11. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:403]
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Users Rating Both: 323
Users Who Prefer Puerto Rico: 136
Users Who Prefer ASLSK #1: 140
Users Who Rate Them the Same: 47

Difference: 4

Lastly is the original ASL starter kit. For the record, ASL itself would have come in at a -10 on this list.
 
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